Falling 15%, the largest detractor for the year was Canon (CAJ), a Japan-based consumer imaging company. This performance was largely the result of the downgrade of the ILC business (digital SLRs and lenses). This business has lagged enough that management has lowered fiscal-year volume estimates from 9m to 8m. Quarterly data confirms that imaging inventory has decreased year-over-year. Despite falling prices due to uncertain consumer markets in developed markets and from trading down in emerging markets, management indicates pricing is normalizing. The office products division has remained mostly unchanged, generating only slightly lower volumes. In addition, print volumes are growing again, and Canon is taking market share. We continue to believe that Canon is a compelling investment opportunity that will reward shareholders in the long term.
From the Oakmark Global Select Fund fourth quarter 2013 commentary.